Model success for Maurice

Maurice Worthington
Maurice Worthington

A BUXTON man is the very model of success after scooping a top award at a prestigious engineering event.

Model engineer Maurice Worthington, of Lightwood Road, picked up a merit award at The Cumbria Steam Gathering last weekend

Maurice entered two of his creations in the two-day event, a Savage Organ Engine and a Stothert & Pitt Beam Engine – both working replicas which run on steam.

Savage Organ Engines are used to drive fairground organs, while Stothert & Pitt Beam Engines are associated with pumping large amounts of water to higher levels. Each scaled-down model took Maurice over a year to produce.

“They were both a challenge,” he said. “I was very pleased with the merit award, I didn’t really expect anything because there was so many people there.”

Maurice, who prior to retirement had spent 17 years in the engineering workshops at the Health & Safety Laboratory, and is also a former toolmaker at Otter Controls, added: “This has been my hobby for nearly 25 years.

“It has been a bit of a busman’s holiday because I have been involved in engineering even when at work. I guess it’s just in my blood to accept a challenge on something I like doing.”

Both steam models will be on show at Cromford Steam Rally this weekend, along with Maurice’s latest project.

The event takes place at Highacres Farm, Dewey Lane, Brackenfield, near Matlock.